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31 10, 2015

Hidden homelessness growing in York Region

October 31st, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at The Toronto Star. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Who could possibly be homeless in York Region? The vast area comprising nine municipalities north of Toronto appears to be a blueprint for suburban affluence; families live in large homes with two-car garages, grassy backyards and good schools and shopping just a short drive away. Dave Rogers was homeless in York Region. So were 30 other men who jammed Porter Place in East Gwillimbury — York Region’s only men’s shelter — to capacity the day Rogers showed up in the fall of 2010. Hooked on alcohol and [...]

30 09, 2015

Birthday Angels make sure children in shelters not forgotten

September 30th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at yorkregion.com. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Sometimes, we take for granted the simple things in life, such as a birthday party. Debora Taylor read a magazine article about a girl in the United States who had her first birthday party ever at a shelter, where an organization provided children forced to flee violent homes for safety with a birthday party. “I told myself I would love to get involved in something like that but I couldn’t find any similar organization in Canada.” That didn’t stop Taylor. She founded Birthday Angels in 2014. Originally from Bradford, [...]

24 02, 2015

Blue Door’s Kevin Kennedy Receives 2014 Doug E. Lear Award

February 24th, 2015|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , |

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. The Doug E. Lear Award, sponsored by Allstate Canada, is handed out annually at United Way of York Region’s Spirit Awards ceremony during our signature Celebration event. In memory of a dedicated and exemplary community volunteer and long-time Allstate Executive Doug E. Lear, this award honours a volunteer in our region who best exemplifies service to the community in the Human Services field. This year’s Doug E. Lear Award has been given to a man who has devoted much of his life to supporting [...]

23 02, 2015

Charities get ready for the spotlight at next week’s Blues Bash

February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , |

Read the full article at the Auroran. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Blue Door Shelters would love to be able to put up an “out of business” sign, but the sad truth is reality will not let that dream come to pass. The non-profit, which operates shelters for youth, men and families across York Region is one of two charities to benefit from this year’s Aurora Winter Blues Festival, which kicks off next Thursday, February 19, with the Blues Bash at the Aurora Cultural Centre. The Blues Bash is a way to showcase not only up and coming talent, as [...]

22 10, 2014

York Region Youth Shelter celebrates ‘new look’ with open house

October 22nd, 2014|Categories: Articles, Updates|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. On August 14th, representatives from United Way York Region joined community partners, and staff of York Region Youth Shelter as they collectively celebrated International Youth Day by unveiling the shelter’s newly renovated space. “York Region Youth Shelter is located in a building that is around 100 years old,” states Alex Cheng, Shelter Manager, York Region Youth Shelter, Blue Door Shelters. “Our kitchen desperately needed some updates when it came to flooring, and for the convenience of our residents, the common room needed a sink [...]